It came!

by Suw on May 23, 2005

Ok, so after all my impatient bitching, the iBook came and is wonderful. I love its sleek white lines, the clear bright screen, the speed, the memory, the 80 gig HDD, the general wondrousness of it all. Who needs men when you've got an iBook?
Here it is, my new iBook
One of the first things you do with a new Mac is name it, and naming it is integral to the whole process of making it work. I have a friend who named his Mac Suw, which is really sweet but it does confuse me when I read that 'Suw has had to go off to be mended' or somesuch.
I have just been talking to my friend Dan about what I have named my iBook. He was suggesting I call it 'Cornetto', or 'Winchester', or something suitably Shaun of the Dead oriented. I have, however, ended up being a bit obvious. Like my TiBook, I've called it Suw. I think it's like scent marking. It asserts my ownership: My Mac. Mine. It also indicates that my Mac is an extension of me, not a piece of equipment or something disposable, it is an integral part of my personality and it's as important to me as any thing can be.
I suppose I could rename it FriedGold or somesuch, but that wouldn't feel right.
The only thing that sucks at the moment is that iChatUSBcam is b0rkd under Tiger so I can't vidchat, even with the newest download that is supposed to be Tiger-compatible. That is, I have to say, a monumental pain in the arse. The only answer that I can see is to buy an iSight, but I really can't sanction that sort of spend at the moment. Maybe I could get one cheap in the US though.
UPDATE: USB webcam problem now fixed! I can iChat to my heart's content, although an iSight would provide better quality still. Who knows, maybe there's one out there with my name on it anyway.
But still, even that is not enough to make me anything other than totally infatuated. I have managed today to transfer all my important apps and data, and have started transferring all my less important stuff too. It was pretty easy, even having to do it manually (the firewire port on my TiBook is buggered, so I can't make use of the automatic import facility because that relies on firewire.) Already the iBook feels like my iBook, looks like my iBook and behaves like my iBook.
If only men were so obliging.

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 9:44 pm

You are going to be bloody insufferable now eh?
So if it can replace men, does it have a vibrate function?

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 9:47 pm

That's what the Treo is for.

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 9:55 pm

I would agree with everything you've said about the wondrousness of the iBook. I got my new iBook nearly two weeks ago, and have had a complete infatuation with it ever since. The only thing is that I want it to look this good forever, and I am terrified of scratching it, so I've ended up using one of the sheets of foam which it was packed in to protect the reverse side of the screen. Which is arguably sad and overprotective, but there you are.

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 10:38 pm

Great news, Suw. Too bad it's new out of the box and some of the ports are buggered. But you will get it all fixed up? Do you think you might have a pro's suggestion for sQurl on her dilemma – -)

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 10:59 pm

Ah, it's not the iBook's port that's buggered, it's the PowerBook (i.e. the TiBook). Don't know enough about EE to help squrl, unfortunately. :-/

Anonymous May 23, 2005 at 10:59 pm

I shall be doing exactly the same thing, so don't feel bad about it. And frankly, if there were enough room in my bed i'd be sleeping with it. 😉

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 6:12 am

You wrote:

I have a friend who named his Mac Suw, which is really sweet but it does confuse me when I read that 'Suw has had to go off to be mended' or somesuch.

I'd be more worried about lines like “Suw's always going down on me! I don't know why, but maybe it's got something to do with the software on her back end. Perhaps I need to tweak her firmware…”
Anyhow, congrats on getting your spiffy new iBook!

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 7:13 am

Giving computer equipment names is pretty ridiculous. Giving them your own name is preposterous.

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 7:41 am

Ha ha ha.
*Checks her firmware*
Seems pretty firm to me…

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 7:42 am

Have you ever noticed how preposterous the word preposterous is? It should only be used by middle-aged men of a widening girth.

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 8:43 am

I love my litle 12 inch 15 month old iBook.
I am sure you'll love yours.
As for naming it after yourself, I for one do not think you are preposterous or egotistical.
Your own name is the most obvious choice. After all it is your iBook.
If you'd named it Dan, or something, people would have talked. 😉

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 8:46 am

Especially the Dans. I am sure they would have been very surprised. Although it would have been fun to watch them all decide which one I'd named it after. 😉

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 10:12 am

hmm- I suppose that makes me a valid user of the word.
I feel middle-aged, so shut up.

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 1:51 pm

Good news. Interesting that you're raving about how it looks – purely in terms of the aesthetics, most people I know seem to prefer the TiBook's appearance…

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 4:19 pm

“Impatient bitching”… I was wondering when we were going to finally see it end. Ha ha ha! Just kidding. Glad it finally came.

Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 10:20 pm


Anonymous May 25, 2005 at 4:00 pm

Ohh your Mac! YOURS!!!
Congratulations darling, welcome in the family

Anonymous May 26, 2005 at 8:00 am

Well, I think that overall I prefer the TiBook, but that's a bit like saying I prefer Zubrowka over Belvedere vodka – both are wonderful. 😉

Anonymous June 23, 2005 at 1:48 am

Googled to find others that were having problems with Apple ship dates and found your wonderful blog. Good luck with the iBook!
Tom C

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